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[- Curating Degree Zero Archive

Author: Concept: D. Richter and B. Drabble

Topic: A Touring Exhibition, Archive and Web-Resource exploring the field ofCritical Curating.
Keywords: critical curating

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29th August 2003

This website serves as a navigation tool to the Curating Degree Zero Archive, an exhibition presenting critical positions in the field of curating. The archive contains material (catalogues, articles, videos, CD’s, images and web sites) in relation to the practice of over 40 curators and curatorial collaborations. The site will give those of you who are accessing it remotely an overview of the project and its participants, but it can also be used by exhibition visitors to find their way through the materials to be found in the physical space itself. Its worth noting that not all materials in the archive can be seen, read or experienced through this virtual tool, but equally for those of you who visit the exhibition it is likely you will be spending some of your time online.

The archive openeded at the New Media Art organization [plug in] in Basel, Switzerland on the 31st of January 2003 and was designed and produced with their help. It has recently been exhibited at the Centre D'art Contemporain in Geneva and is now open to the public at the Künstlerhaus in Bremen.

The archive is part of an ongoing enquiry that sets out to present and discuss new curatorial ideas and experiments with a particular focus on production that can be defined as critical, social or political.The project was initiated in 1998 with the three day international symposium Curating Degree Zero in Bremen and the related publication (Verlag fuer Moderne Kunst, Nuremberg).

Both this site and the archive are expanding as the exhibition tours Europe. The development over the tour is based on the logic of networks, friendships and circles of shared interest. The choice of curators invited to take part represents the networks and interests of ourselves as the two co-founders of the project and those other curators who host the archive during the tour. In Basel we worked closely with [] director Annette Schindler and in preparation for the opening in Geneva, we worked with the students of the postgraduate program CCC (critical curatorial cybermedia) of the Ecole Superieure des Beaux-Arts and the director of the CAC; Katya Garcia Anton. As it tours, the archive docks onto the networks of hosting venues expanding the number of positions presented and adapting to those areas of critical practice particular to each new context.

Our thanks to all the participants who have agreed to their practices being presented in the archive and provided us with material, to those foundations and sponsors who have supported its development (see past venues), and to Elektrosmog, Zurich for their design work.

Dorothee Richter and Barnaby Drabble

In 2003 the Archive tours to venues in Basel, Geneva, Bremen, and Linz, in 2004 to Lueneburg, and to currently unconfirmed venues in Italy, Eastern Europe, Scandinavia and the UK.

The organisers are actively looking for suitable further touring venues with whom to develop and display the archive. The archive is suited to spaces and institutions that have an interest in critical practice or run a curatorial program, it is multi-lingual and can be curated into large and small spaces as an exhibition in itself or as part of a larger exhibition.

Mail the organisers:

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Submitted by TreborScholz
Posted on Tue Oct 7, 2003 at 6:35 PM EURODISCORDIA TIME

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